Bachelor Historic OHV Loop

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Rio Grande National Forest

Bachelor Historic OHV Loop is a 22 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Creede, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for ohv/off road driving and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 22.0 miles Elevation Gain: 4,347 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

ohv / off road driving

views

wildlife

rocky

no shade

historic site

Note: As of 12/2019, the loop is closed at the mine on the north entrance, but the south entrance is open for most of the trail. The Bachelor Loop is a gravel road that explores the historic mining town of Creed. Although it is open to non-4x4 vehicles, it can be quite rocky and muddy much of the time and has several very steep points.

hiking
snow
5 months ago

As of 12/2019, the loop is closed at the mine on the north entrance, but the south entrance is open for most of the trail.

ohv/off road driving
rocky
8 months ago

Great UTV trail.

ohv/off road driving
9 months ago

The loop is a little washed out when entering near the Mining museum. Also at Black Pitch hill we didn’t have enough momentum and had to back down a ways and try again my Crosstrek MT6 was bouncing all the way up that incline but we made it. Last Chance Mine which is on the way down was a very interesting place and tour. The road down from Last Chance was good enough for even a UPS truck.

muddy
11 months ago

A great trail. We stopped at the visitor center and bought the book and map that is offered for the trail. It was great to have it along so we knew what all the stops were. Trail was very muddy today but is very well maintained so our Jeep has no problem at all. On a dry day a car would be ok but on a day like today (it snowed on us today) 4 wheel drive was helpful. Took a tour of one of the mines which was worth the time and money. (Last Chance Mine) Overall a great and fairly easy drive.

scenic driving
Mon Jul 23 2018

Took this loop to see the old mines in a FJ Cruiser 4x4. No problems except steep in a couple of places . A car may have issues so be careful. Great drive and took it all the way to the end. Picked up a English girl at the top who was hiking the Colorado trail. Wife and I took her to Creede. Interesting drive and just amazed the hard work that went into mining silver, gold and stones.

Sat Feb 03 2018

Great place to visit. Lots of things to see that range from beautiful scenic views to old buildings that are slowly becoming lost to time. Lots of wildlife in the area. Elk and mule deer are very common in the higher parts of the trail. Only draw back is that their are a lot of vacation homes a little ways down the road. If you are planning on driving threw the area with the old mining facilities, I would strongly recommend 4wd. It's a gravel road with a extremely steep incline.

ohv/off road driving
Mon Jul 10 2017

super cool drive to a couple of mines and thru the canyons. road is in pretty good condition, a 2wd with good tires can make it.

backpacking
Fri Jun 30 2017

Yesterday we visited Creed. What an awesome old mining town! We drove a ways then decided it was time to get off the beaten path and strap on our backpacks in order to see the ruins up close and personal. The river was flowing nicely so we picked up some hiking sticks and trekked across it in ice cold water almost to our knees, it was well worth it! Such interesting history and beautiful breath taking views! We had stopped by the mining museum before our drive/hike and picked up a map. I suggest making a day out of visiting this intriguing city!

ohv/off road driving
Mon May 29 2017

Great road with a lot of history. Recommend a 4 wheel drive. Pick up a book at the Chamber of Commerce for 3.00 to follow along on your drive

Sat May 21 2016

Very easy hike. Great for the whole family.

ohv/off road driving
Thu Jul 26 2012

We did this loop on 07/21/2012 and it was tons of fun. We rented a Polaris Razor and had no problems navigating the roads. However, there are parts of the 4x4 Bachelor Loop that are VERY rocky and steep and are difficult to navigate. Once you're in Creede, stop by the Forest Service to pick up their information sheets on the Bachelor Loop. There is also a map on the back of the sheets which is what we used to navigate our trip. Once you see the map, this review will make a lot more sense. IN A CAR or NON 4x4 VEHICLE - Takes about 1-3 hours / total miles 17 miles If you're in a car or non-4x4 vehicle the Bachelor Loop Historic Tour is really fun. All of the mines are well marked and the Forest Service Information Center on Main Street has a lot of information and maps. Don't leave without this information or the map, as it will really come in handy on your trip and will be 'tour guide' of the mines and local information. The Loop by car or in a non-4x4 vehicle is marked in a thick, solid black line on the map. The numbers in the circles correspond to the Mine marker. Each Mine is marked and there is information on each mine in the information sheets from the Forest Service. And, the info sheets describe the terrain and conditions of the road. IN A 4x4 VEHICLE - 4.5 hours (we stopped for photos, bathroom, etc) If you're a 4x4 enthusiast, the 4x4 routes are a lot of fun with amazing views. Just like in a non-4x4 vehicle, stop by the Forest Service Information Center on Main Street to pick up their Bachelor Loop information sheets and for the map on the back. You WILL need the map, AND the information sheets describe the terrain of the roads. THE ROUTE WE TOOK - We started from the Mine Museum and headed toward Mine #1, north on 502. This is not a 4x4 road, but it is narrow and rocky in parts. A few miles up on 502 you will see a rocky road, off to the right, that has a fairly steep incline. This road is called Phoenix Park Road (502-1A) and you must have a rugged 4x4 to navigate it. The Forest Service rates this as "More Difficult", so use your best judgement before heading up this road. If you're up for the challenge, it is about 2.2 miles long and dead-ends at an old abandoned miner's cabin. You can't take your vehicle any further, but you can hike up (.3 miles) to a waterfall. The views are beautiful. After seeing the waterfall, we headed back down Phoenix Park Road, got back onto 502 and continued north to the 4x4 road. This will take you to 503 between Mines 6 & 7. We continued north on 503 toward Mine #8. Once we reached Mine #8, we took a sharp left/south toward Mine #9 on 504. There is also a snowcat/snowplow vehicle parked at this intersection, so you have a landmark. (The reason we took this route instead of continuing north on 503 toward Mine #10 is because just above Mine #10 on the 4x4 road, is an extremely steep portion of road. Unless you're an experience ATV/4x4 rider, I would not recommend going 'up' this incline. It was a lot easier going down). We continued south on 504 until we reached the sign for "Mine #13 / 4x4 Road / 505." We took this road which will take you up to the Continental Divide. The views are spectacular! I believe you will reach close to 12,000 feet so bring rain gear and a jacket, as it gets a lot cooler up there. As you're looking at the map, 505 loops toward the east and then back south. Be aware that if you take this route 'clockwise' (like we did), just past the peak at the Continental Divide, but before Mine #10, the descend gets very difficult. It's very rocky and the last descent is the toughest. Take it slow and let your 4x4 do what it was built to do. Once you're down the steep incline, you will see the Equity Mine (#10) on your left and you will reconnect to the main part of the tour on the road. It was so much fun and we will definitely do it again!

ohv/off road driving
8 months ago

ohv/off road driving
10 months ago

hiking
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hiking
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